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Poll: Biden tied with Trump in Georgia


Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is tied with President Donald Trump among likely voters in Georgia, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

The state’s two Senate seats, both of which are up for election this November, also remain up for grabs, the poll showed.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey found that 47 percent of Georgia likely voters surveyed back Biden, and another 47 percent favor Trump. An additional 1 percent prefer Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen, and 4 percent are undecided.

Trump won Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes by 5.7 percentage points in 2016. Republican presidential candidates have carried Georgia in every election since 1992, when Democrat Bill Clinton was victorious there.

According to a RealClearPolitics average of Georgia surveys conducted from July 23-Sept. 20, Trump is 1 percentage point ahead of Biden in general election polling.

The AJC poll, conducted by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, shows that the state’s pair of Senate races are similarly close.

Republican Sen. David Perdue, who is locked in a competitive reelection fight against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, has a slight advantage of 2 percentage points, 47-45 percent. That lead sits within the poll’s margin of error.

Perdue is one of several vulnerable Senate Republicans on the ballot in November, and his race could decide whether Democrats retake control of the chamber.

Georgia’s other senator, Republican Kelly Loeffler, also holds a narrow lead ahead of the special election for her seat, according to the AJC poll.

Because it is a special election, Loeffler’s race is a “jungle” primary featuring 21 total candidates. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote on Election Day, the race’s top two vote-getters will face one another in a runoff to be held on Jan. 5, 2021.

Although 24 percent of likely voters support Loeffler, two of her challengers — Republican Rep. Doug Collins and Democrat Raphael Warnock — earned roughly 20 percent support each. Two other Democrats in that race, Matt Lieberman and Ed Tarver, received 11 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Loeffler was appointed to her Senate seat in January by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retired last year. The winner of Loeffler’s race will finish out Isakson’s term.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll was conducted Sept. 11-20, surveying 1,150 likely general election voters in Georgia via landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error is plus-or-minus 4.3 percentage points.

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